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Just got a GREAT report on one of the JV kids I've been coaching. Lincolnway Central Freshman Tommy Martini. He competed today (Saturday January 7th) in the Southwest Suburban Conference (SWSC) Junior Varsity Bowling Tournament.

Congratulations to SWSC Conference Champ, Tommy Martini with 1292. Freshman Martini was the top JV bowler for the 9 team conference tournament.

Thanks to the proud parents for allowing me to help their son.

Additionally, the first runner-up was a young man I worked with a year ago, Alex Kubitz from Lincolnway East. Kubitz rolled a very respectable 1274. Nice bowling boys.



EJ Tackett Converts Break into Second Career PBA Tour Title in PBA Xtra Frame Storm Open in Carpentersville

by bvint | Sunday, April 24, 2016  2:59 PM

CARPENTERSVILLE, Ill. – EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind., broke up a 7-9 split, converting the break into a string of three strikes that proved to be the difference in winning his second career PBA Tour title Sunday in the PBA Xtra Frame Storm Open at Liberty Lanes.

Tackett, the 2013 PBA Rookie of the Year, defeated top qualifier Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y., 217-210, to win the $10,000 first prize after eliminating PBA Regional veteran Steven Taylor of Deer Creek, Ill., in the semifinal match.

“They say winning your second title is the toughest,” said Tackett, who won his first PBA Tour title in the 2015 PBA Xtra Frame Lubbock Sports Open. “But I’ve been close and I’ve been bowling well. Maybe this will lead to something more."

“I really didn’t think I could bowl enough to beat Ryan; I thought it would take 250 to win,” Tackett said. “I got fortunate that he didn’t bowl a good game because that’s really uncharacteristic of how he’s been bowling.”

Ciminelli’s closing string of four strikes forced Tackett to mark in the 10th frame on the lane that was giving him difficulty.

“I liked the first shot,” he said, despite leaving a 4 pin. “I guess, being in the situation, I probably threw it a little hard, but the result was good. I was a little nervous on that (4 pin) spare, just because I’d missed one in match play earlier – against Ryan, actually.”

Taylor’s “Cinderella” bid for his first PBA Tour title, in only his second PBA Tour event after bowling in 103 regionals, came to an end with a 205-200 loss to Tackett in the semifinal match. Tackett threw one double and converted six single-pin spares, but Taylor threw one too many splits.

Taylor, an 11-year PBA Midwest Region competitor with three regional titles, rallied from an early 29-pin deficit with a string of six strikes to eliminate Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., 237-209, in the first stepladder match. The 40-year-old right-hander then watched 14-time PBA Tour titlist Patrick Allen of Mount Kisco, N.Y., start with five strikes, rolling into an early 33-pin lead, before throwing eight strikes in his last nine attempts for a 246-212 victory. Allen left a pocket 7-10 in the seventh frame and then saw his titles hopes disappear when he left and failed to convert the 3-7-9 split in the ninth frame.

The PBA Xtra Frame Storm Open is the second of 10 Xtra Frame events that will pay the PBA member with the highest points total at the conclusion of the series a $10,000 bonus. Tackett said his plan is to bowl the entire Xtra Frame series."
The series rewards good bowling, it rewards consistency on different patterns,” Tackett said. “They’re not just handing out titles and with a $10,000 bonus at the end, it’s worth going after.”

The PBA Xtra Frame Tour resumes June 25-26 with live coverage of the PBA Xtra Frame Lubbock Sports Open from Lubbock, Texas. Fans can subscribe toXtra Frame by clicking on the Xtra Frame logo on the pba.com homepage.

Liberty Lanes, Carpentersville, Ill., Sunday April 24th, 2016

Final Standings 
1, EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., $10,000. 
2, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., $5,000. 
3, Steve Taylor, Deer Creek, Ill., $2,500. 
4, Patrick Allen, Mount Kisco, N.Y., $2,000. 
5, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., $1,500.

Stepladder Results 
Match One – Taylor def. Rash, 237-209. 
Match Two – Taylor def. Allen, 246-212. 
Semifinal Match – Tackett def. Taylor, 205-200. 
Championship – Tackett def. Ciminelli, 217-210.

Final Match Play Standings (after 20 games, including match play bonus pins) 
1, Ciminelli, 7-5, 5,256. 
2, Tackett, 9-3, 5,192. 
3, Allen, 7-4-1, 5,095. 
4, Taylor, 8-4, 4,991. 
5, Rash, 7-4-1, 4,979. 
6, Aaron Lorincz, Saginaw, Mich., 6-6, 4,903, $1,100. 
7, Scott Weber, LaSalle, Ill., 5-7, 4,883, $1,000. 
8, Jordan Klassen, Canada, 7-5, 4,877, $900. 
9, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, Texas, 5-6-1, 4,852, $875. 
10, Craig LeMond, Jasper, Ind., 5-7, 4,804, $850. 
11, n-Brian Traber, Waterford, Wis., 6-5-1, 4,791, $825. 
12, Bill O’Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 6-6, 4,785, $800. 
13, Blake Demore, Springfield, Mo., 3-9, 4,702, $780. 
14, Steve Jaros, Yorkville, Ill., 4-8, 4,693, $770. 
15, n-Derek Roseberry, Louisville, Ky., 6-6, 4,668, $760. 
16, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 3-9, 5,494, $750.


QubicaAMF Partners With Professional Bowlers Association Regional Program

The Professional Bowlers Association announced a partnership agreement has been signed with QubicaAMF Worldwide, the world leader in bowling capital equipment and state-of-the-art automatic scoring technologies, that will bolster the extensive QubicaAMF PBA Regional Tour program.

Under the partnership agreement, QubicaAMF’s participation assures the prize funds for the more than 150 tournaments conducted in the PBA’s seven domestic regions (East, South, Central, Midwest, Southwest, West and Northwest) will exceed player entry fee contributions, enhancing the professional experience for all competitors.

“Since the PBA Regional program was officially launched in 1970, thousands of bowlers have had an opportunity to experience PBA-level competition in hundreds of cities across America,” said John Weber, PBA Director of Regional and PBA50 Tours

“Thanks to the support of QubicaAMF, the PBA will continue to provide the future stars of the PBA with affordable, close-to-home opportunities to develop the skills they will need to compete at the highest levels of our sport. At the same time, the QubicaAMF PBA Regional Tourprovides thousands of fans an opportunity to see our established and emerging stars in person.”

As titled sponsor of the QubicaAMF PBA Regional TourQubicaAMF’s logo will be part of all of PBA’s on-site and online materials related to the regional program.

“We are thrilled to be able to give this boost to the Regional Tour and partner with the PBA,” said Pat Ciniello, Chairman of the Board of QubicaAMF. “QubicaAMF is committed to the sport of bowling—from developing products for leagues and tournaments to the QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup, this year celebrating its 53rd Anniversary, which promotes the sport of bowling at all levels across the world. We feel that supporting the PBA and the bowling centers that host the regional events are important steps to ensuring the continuing success of our beloved sport.”

The QubicaAMF announcement arrives just as the PBA Regional program springs into its busy summer season, drawing praise from PBA CEO and Commissioner Tom Clark, who described PBA’s regional directors as “the rock stars” of the PBA.

Clark referred to the regional managers as “the core of the greatest bowling tournament club ever created: the PBA.”

The QubicaAMF PBA Regional Tour is supervised by John Weber and managed by a group of men who are well-suited to mentor young players because of their extensive experience in PBA competition as well as related aspects of the sport:

● Russ Mills has managed the PBA East Region since 1997. A former PBA Tour and Regional competitor, Mills also was a former Ebonite district sales manager.

● Sam Zurich assumed management of the PBA South Region in 2012 after eight years assisting former South Regional director Harry O’Neale. Zurich is a two-time PBA Tour and 40-time PBA Regional title winner.

● Bobby Jakel has managed the PBA Central Region since 2006. A former collegiate bowler and USBC Open Championships “eagle” winner, Jakel bowled inPBA competition for 2 1/2 years before assuming his administrative role.

● Rich Weber was co-manager of the PBA Midwest Region between 1984-1998, working with his late father Dick Weber and younger brother John, before assuming full-time responsibility for the region in 2006. A two-time PBA Regional titlist in his own right, Rich Weber also was PBA50 Tour Director from 1990-98.

● Pete McCordic has managed the PBA Southwest Region since 1997. He came into the role after bowling on the PBA Tour for 18 years, winning two PBA Tour titles, bowling a nationally-televised 300 game, and winning seven PBA Regional titles. His twin brother Paul is currently active on the PBA50 Tour.

● Gary Mage, who does double-duty as PBA West and Northwest Region manager, is in his 51st year of involvement with the PBA. He bowled on the PBA Tour from 1968-1981, winning one title. A former bowling center owner, he was founder of the PBA Northwest Region in 1978 and has managed the program ever since, adding the PBA West Region to his duties in 2004.

Over the past three years, the QubicaAMF PBA Regional
 program has conducted an average of 165 tournaments each year, paying out more than $6.5 million in prize money.

To follow the QubicaAMF PBA Regional Tour, including upcoming events and results, visit pba.com and click on Menu/schedules/ “Regional Tours.”


Pete Weber on ESPN's 30 for 30


The ESPN 30 for 30 Short on Bowling's Bad Boy Pete Weber. Click here to view.





November 20, 2008 the Hy-Road was born, so today we celebrate it turning 6 years old with a party fit for a king complete with a birthday cake.

While designing and testing the Hy-Road™ we kept in mind that we needed to maintain the superior on-lane performance that has come to be expected from the Thunder Line™ of bowling balls. Our desired outcome was to create a bowling ball that strategically placed itself in-between the T-Road Solid™ and T-Road Pearl™. What better way to do so than combine the two coverstocks, hence creating a hybrid coverstock.

“In today’s environment of ever-changing bowling ball technology it’s difficult to sustain market-presence with a ball for a year or two , let alone six”, Storm CEO/Owner Bill Chrisman said. 

“Our R&D department is made-up of a special group of people who work tirelessly to develop cutting-edge technology and while not every ball is home run, the Hy-Road’s longevity is a credit to their talents – today is truly a momentus day for us”.

The Hy-Road is a descendant of the Storm Thunder Line.  As Storm's original top-performance line, Thunder Line balls utilize core-technology that has proven to be effective for years. Even with the ever changing climate of surface and lane conditions, performance in this line continues at the highest levels of competition around the world.  In fact, the Hy-Road has won more Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) National titles than any other ball in the history of the company, dating back to 1996.


Demo-ing The New Brunswick, DV8 and Radical Bowling Technologies Bowling Balls

Brunswick seminar Monday October 13th. I rolled the DV8 Thug, Hooligan and OutcastRadical Guru (wow) and Score, Brunswick Mastermind Intellect (wow), and Brute.

Lane conditions were standard bumper bowling house shot, but if you get in enough there was some oil (of course). Started by rolling a Roto Grip Defiant, my strongest personal ball, drilled mild. When I lined up very deep on the fresh pattern with the Defiant, I was impressed with the Guruand Intellect and their ability to handle the oil volume. The ball layouts are kind of neutral for the demo (typically the Pin is above the finger holes and Center of Gravity in or near the middle of grip, but they are lots stronger than my normal layouts.

I started with the Radical Technologies Guru and then Brunswick Mastermind Intellect, the two strongest balls I planned to demo. Both stood up to their hype. Big hooking balls remove oil from the lane quickly, so I didn’t want to wait to try them.

The Guru was easily as much ball as the Defiant and some more, and the demo layout actually helped get the ball down the lane for me, with more kick downlane. The Intellect is strong with a solid cover and compound finished veneer, unlike the original Mastermind with a 1500 dull finish. The Masterminds (original, Genius, and now Intellect) hook. I was very pleased with my reaction given the surface was finished smoother, as is my Defiant, but compound surface (smoother/shinier) handled the oil very well.

Next, I was curious about the new DV8 Thug and Hooligan, then Outcast. On the house condition, with plenty of friction outside of second arrow, theDV8’s played well. Thanks to Legend Carmen Salvino for looking in and suggesting a couple things.

The stronger Thug core needed more room and looked like more speed than I could muster up the ditch but it got down the lane an reacted as expected. The Hooligan, and for me, the (Black/Green) Outcast played particularly well. I was very pleased at what I saw and I encourage players to come check them out.

The next products sampled were the Radical Score and Brunswick Brute. Radical is doing a “buy your loyalty” program to appeal to better bowlers offering a Prize fund for bowlers and shops. If a bowler shoots 300, they can get all or part of a Bounty set aside for the ball’s users. A Bowler wins but the pro shop who sold the ball gets an equal bonus. If this sounds familiar it’s from the former 900 Global President Phil Cardinale, now president at Radical Technologies, who did the same promotion with the 900 Global Bounty, a few years ago.

The Score rolled well, as I expected. You don’t throw money at a product promotion unless you know you have something special. The shiny Brute on the other hand joined the DV8 balls as unexpectedly easy to get down the lane with nice pop at the pins. Again, the layout is not what I usually use but it worked well (who would have guessed) for most of the bowlers, on the shot put out at Brunswick Zone, Woodridge.



9-Year-Old Girl Shoots 300 Game

Hannah Diem of Seminole, FL, became the youngest United States Bowling Congress member to roll a certified 300 game on Nov. 17 when she ended her Youth/Adult Fall League session at Liberty Lanes in Largo, FL, with 12 consecutive strikes.

At 9 years, 6 months and 19 days, Hannah broke the previous overall record of 10 years, 2 months, set by Chaz Dennis of Columbus, Ohio, in 2006, and shattered the girls’ mark of 12 years, 4 months, set by Brandie Reamy of Farmington, MI, also in 2006.

Hannah started the night with games of 204 and 226 before rolling the perfect game to finish with a 730 series, a personal best by 166 pins. Entering the session, her high game was 224 and her high series was 564.
“Going into the third game, I knew what she needed for her first 600 series, but then the strikes started to add up,” said Heidi Diem, Hannah’s mother. “It’s like every shot she threw was right there. It was magical.”

Diem credits much of her daughter's continuing improvement to the support and guidance of the older youth bowlers at Liberty Lanes and the dedication of USBC Bronze coach James Crouch, who runs the youth program. Hannah also spent time over the summer at the Kegel Training Center in Lake Wales, FL.

In four years of certified competition, Hannah has raised her average to 162. She bowls in multiple leagues each week, practices often and bowls in tournaments on weekends. In 2012, she won her singles division at the Florida State Youth Tournament.

After her second game Sunday night, Hannah asked her mother when she thought she’d roll her first perfect game. The answer was, “Next year.” It turned out to be the next game.

“I tried not to talk to her too much and distract her,” Heidi Diem said. “I don’t know how she composed herself. I’ve never thrown a 300 or been close, so I don’t know the pressure she felt when she was up there. Going into the 10th frame, it’s like she didn’t waiver at all. She just got up there and nailed it.”
For Hannah, the accomplishment is a little bit overwhelming.

“At first, I wasn’t that confident I could do it, but as I got more strikes, I felt like maybe it could happen,” said Hannah, who uses a 12-lb. ball. “This just feels amazing. It’s so much excitement, and my brain is still trying to process it all.”
Hannah hopes to continue improving with the help of her teammates and coaches, and her sights are set on potentially competing in the Bowling.com Youth Open Championships and USBC Junior Gold Championships in the Buffalo, NY, area next summer. For now, she and her mother are simply enjoying the chance to bowl together on Sunday nights.

“She certainly didn’t get the bowling gene from me,” Diem said. “I always joke that it skipped me, and she got double, but it means a lot that it’s something we can do together.”

The achievement is pending formal approval.


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